Running shoes, fitness shoes, low-top, high-top and even the sneaker boot have me saying, “huh” when I make my summer trip to my local shoe store to find a good fit for my flat foot.  During the summer our activity naturally increases. We are at the park more with the kids. So your sneakers from last year might not be so squeaky clean anymore.  So checkout Pittsburgh Brown Mamas’ guide to getting a Cinderella fit in your new pair of sneaks.

Got a flat foot?

For me this is the biggest issue.  My foot literally hits the concrete with each step.  So when I’m working out I need a shoe that gives me that extra spring that eases my heavy stomp.  According to sneakerreport.com, if you’ve got flat feet you need shoes with a thick white sole.  That sole not only elevates your foot from the ground, but also provides cushion when you’re doing extra running or jumping.  Adidas Supernovas are a great pair of sneaks that I actually own.   My hubby also owns a pair of Saucony sneakers that his flat feet swear by.

Need an insole?

Regardless of whether you have a flat foot or a high arch, if you want the best foot support you should purchase insoles for your sneakers.  Insoles are a removable liner you place in your shoe that makes your shoe conform to the shape of your foot.  Some insoles even have shock absorption technology in the form of a mushy gel that reacts to whatever activity you are doing.  So, if you’re running, the insole adjust to offer more comfort in the places your feet hit the ground the hardest.

Right shoes, wrong workout?

Yes there are a plethora of shoes out there. No mamas, it’s not okay to just grab any pair of them.  Wearing the wrong pair of shoes for your workout can cause foot problems in the future that may not be so easy to get rid of. Shoes made for running and shoes made for tennis have different qualities that make them ideal for that specific sport.   In addition, your workout shoes should be for working out only.  Wearing workout shoes to do grocery shopping breaks down the integrity of the shoe over time.  So, if you know you’re going to be doing some pretty tough cardio with your new shoes, make sure you ask your local retailer for shoes that fit that criterion.

Stinky Feet?

No mama wants to admit that she smells.  But summertime can force the issue.  If you know you’re feet produce lots of sweat and tend to stink up the place, you may be wearing a shoe that’s keeping your foot from breathing.  If this is your issue, you might want to try shoes with an upper layer that includes mesh.  Bottom-line, the more mesh your shoe has on the outside the more air your feet will get as you exercise.  Here are some super cute sneakers that include a mesh outer layer.

Any more questions, mamas?  Just send us an email at pghbrownmamas@gmail.com.

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Muffy Mendoza is an author, speaker and founder of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a support group for nearly 4,000 African-American moms in the Pittsburgh region. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. Find out more about Muffy on muffymendoza.com.

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